§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the distribution of her Department's wholetime equivalent staff was, including the staff in agencies and other bodies reporting to her, in each Government office region and nation of the UK(a) in 1996 and (b) at the most recent available period. 
§ Dr. Howells
I refer my hon Friend to the answer given by my hon Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Mr. Alexander) on 15 January 2003,Official Report, column 609.
Namely that the numbers of staff in each department (including its agencies) are shown in tables copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The figures show the data at the 1 April each year, and are based on the full-time equivalent figures for the number of permanent staff in each department, rounded down to the nearest ten. Data are shown by Government office region, with columns giving the total number of staff in England and the UK.